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Female Finance: International Women’s Day

“I wish more women would become financial advisers; it’s an excellent career but it’s not an easy life. The profession is dominated by men, but I urge women who begin a career in finance not to emulate the way men work. Women tend to have a unique skill set that is ideally suited to this role, and the ability to really listen and understand a client’s needs. To make life easier I would find a mentor: a woman, if you can.”

Christina Brady – Associate Director

 

 “I’m proud to be a woman in finance. For almost 20 years now, I’ve been offering my support and advice to a wide range of clients, most notably expats living in Spain.

My advice to women starting in the financial services is: know your worth. Don’t try and conform to how others do things – be the best version of yourself and play to your strengths. Now more than ever you’re going to be dealing with female clients and you will be able to use your innate empathy to build a relationship of trust.

Also, be resilient. You may spend a lot of time answering questions on subjects outside of your area of expertise. It can be a hectic job with long hours so don’t forget to make time for yourself, whether that’s doing yoga, reading or enjoying a nice big glass of Rioja!

Lucia Melgarejo – International Financial Adviser

 

 Women need to support women. Share knowledge, share experiences and share insights – it’s this foundation that yields the most success, the best reputations and the highest levels of integrity.

I would sum up my approach to a career in finance as follows:

  1. Never sell yourself short
  2. Step up and take responsibility
  3. Know your objectives
  4. Pick a female mentor
  5. Run your own race

Working in financial services can present endless opportunities for those who cultivate positive, enduring relationships, always keep learning and put their clients at the heart of every effort.”

Manuela Robinson – Joint Country Manager

 

“Always be yourself, because that’s your biggest strength. Don’t think of yourself as a woman in a man’s world because you’re not – you’re an equally qualified individual and never forget it. Sometimes a woman is at an advantage in that we have a different set of skills, whether you’re a partner, mother, family organizer, party planner, listener or a friend!”

Rosemary Sheppard – International Financial Adviser

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Man sitting in windowMoving overseas is exciting. The idea of making a fresh start in an exotic location is generally a cause for optimism and joyfulness, and for many becoming an expat will bring a positive outlook for the future.

But expatriates have a lot to consider before saying goodbye to their home countries: sorting out a new home, finding a school for any children who will be moving as well, and figuring out what’s best for future finances (an international financial adviser can help you with this) are all sure to be top priorities.

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One of the biggest challenges that expatriates confront when moving abroad is the complexity of expat finances. According to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, 75% of respondents (9,288 respondents worldwide) say that their finances have become more complicated since they left their home country.

Compounding this, many expats don’t consider all aspects of their finances before, during and after moving abroad, therefore making organising their finances even more complex than it needs to be. What are the common mistakes seen time and time again?

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